Mold symptoms

November 12, 2012

Mold symptoms

Mold can affect everything from your food to your walls, and can be damaging to your health. So look out for these warning symptoms!

The dangers of mold are many and the symptoms it produces in those who are adversely affected by it may, at first, be almost unnoticeable. Unfortunately black mold can creep into your home so slowly that you may well be totally unaware of its presence.

What is mold?

Mold is from the same family as fungus and mildew which are formed when their microscopic spores attach to a food source – which is usually moist or damp. Black mold feeds on almost any organic material such as wall paper, house dust, fabric etc.

These spores form the single cell organism which is black mold – a visible mold spot in your home will comprise of thousands of cells and millions of spores which will float throughout your home.

Many homes today are so well insulated that they have little natural ventilation which, in turn, creates a sealed environment – the mold spores will not, therefore, be carried out of your home but will rather continue growing and reproducing within it. Left untreated this black mold will eventually cause deterioration in the health of the occupants.

Symptoms caused by mold in the home

Typical mold symptoms are many and varied – some may appear in your home whilst others may affect your physical health. It may also seem that the mold symptoms continue when you have, apparently, cleaned and removed all of the mold – the problem is that whilst it is possible to remove the visible mold, dealing with the spores is much more difficult. Continuing mold symptoms may well mean that more work is needed in dealing with the problem.

  • Stale or musty odours – particularly in the basement, laundry area, bathroom, attic or around the walls.

  • Stale or musty smells on freshly laundered clothing and linen

  • Persistent regular headaches which may be caused by light sensitivity and may be as powerful as migraine headache.

  • Stale air conditioning or heating air

  • Re-appearance of mold colonies

  • Presence of speckles in the water filter or softener tanks

  • Crystalline deposits on walls – particularly in the basement

  • Damp in items stored in the attic, garage or basement

  • Recurring health problems which your doctor has failed to diagnose

  • Excessive use of anti-histamine medication

  • Hay fever like symptoms – itchy, red, tired eyes; runny, stuffy nose; irritated throat; sinus pressure and headaches

  • Fatigue

  • Absence of symptoms when away from home and increases when at home for longer periods ( for example at the weekend)

  • Repeated ear infections

  • Allergies

  • Long term health problems together with illnesses which have no apparent cause.

  • Symptoms which seem to change frequently – even from day to day – may be the result of mold.

  • If those around you are suffering similar symptoms this may well indicate a common cause.

Mold symptoms develop slowly – both in you and in your home – and may be attributed to other factors before a diagnosis is correctly made. Once the problem of black mold has been identified it is essential to take immediate steps to eradicate the problem and itsÂ’ source in order that your home and your family can once again enjoy good health free from mold symptoms.


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